Former Ireland Rugby International to open 35th National Dairy Show
With the 35th National Dairy Show just around the corner we all eagerly await Ireland’s largest indoor agricultural show which takes place in Millstreet annually in October.
This year former Ireland rugby international Mike Ross will perform the honours when he officially opens the Show which promises something for everyone in the farming community. Mike, the son of Frank and Patti Ross, is a graduate of dairy farming having grown up on the home farm near Ballyhooly in North Cork where he still inspects the progress of the Convamore Herd when he gets a chance on his visits home. Mike’s early rugby career started with Fermoy underage, the club that his father Frank played with distinction for many years. From there he progressed through the UCC ranks before joining Cork Con and then onto a professional contract in England with Harlequins until 2009 when he returned to Leinster where he played for 7 very successful seasons. After 61 Irish caps and two Six Nation Championships Mike retried from professional rugby in 2017, where he has certainly earned the title as one of the greatest scrummagers that Ireland has ever produced. Mike has also generously signed one of the new Irish jerseys, which only officially go on sale at the end of this year and together with a signed ruby ball and a hamper of goods, all will be up for grabs as door prizes on the day of the Show.
Today Show Chef David Rice to Host Cookery Demonstrations at the National Dairy Show
TV Chef, David Rice will host a cooking demonstrations focusing on recipes that promote the best of Irish beef and dairy at this year’s National Dairy Show taking place on Saturday 21st October in the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet.
With several accolades to his name including “Best Chef”, David is a welcome addition to this annual event and we are delighted that David has come on board to share his culinary expertise. With over 15 years of experience working in a variety of prestigious kitchens including Roly’s Bistro in Ballsbridge, Gordon Ramsay’s Claridges, River Café and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in Cornwall, David is now the Executive Chef at Ballinacurra House Kinsale and co-founder of the Kinsale Gourmet Academy. Before joining Ballinacurra House in 2013, David spent 2 years working as head tutor at Dublin’s premier cookery school, Cooks Academy and prior to this worked as a senior chef at Dublin’s Michelin star restaurant.
Wanted: 2 to 5 acres of land for low land sheep to rent until January or longer. Willing to be do a small bit of fencing if needed. In the Millstreet/Kanturk or surrounding areas.please contact 0873914358. Cash paid.
Millstreet Country Park will not reopen for the 2017 season. The decision was taken due to insufficient tourism numbers over the past several years.
A review of all aspects of the 500-acre development, including an open discussion with interested parties, will take place in 2017 with the intention of creating a sustainable future for Millstreet Country Park.
The Irish Examiner National Dairy Show 2016 Supreme Champion was awarded to Laurelelm Shottel Daffodil owned by Rickey Barrett, Ballinhassig, Cork. Stephen Cadogan, ‘Irish Examiner’ Farming editor, made the presentation at the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet, Co Cork. Also included are, from left: Charlie Gallagher, chief executive of Irish Holstein Friesian Breeders; John Barrett; judge Meurig James; and Carlisle Smith, president of the Cork Holstein Friesian Breeders.
Millstreet Tidy Town Association are delighted to announce that this year again Tony Keneally, Wildlife Biologist will be running a project with the Transition Year Students of Millstreet Community School. The Transition Year Students have made Nest Boxes for Barn Owls and Kestrels and the Transition Year Students will endeavour to study these magnificent birds. [read more on the project]
On a budding birch tree the male robin on song
Near where old Finnow river goes babbling along
Though the wind from the high country by Clara Hill
Does blow with a touch of a wintry chill
In mid March in the earlier days of the Spring
When the early nesting birds are commencing to sing
The swallows not yet back on their breeding ground
And the chill of the Winter it is still around
And the old Finnow River in flood waters of brown
Babbles through the fields and bogs by Millstreet Town
Though in shady places by ditch and hedgerow
The wildflowers of Nature in the blustery winds blow
Where Finnow from the high country the Cails does meet
Just west of the Duhallow Town of Millstreet.
Spring is a busy pruning time in the garden. This intensive one-day workshop will teach you the theory and techniques for general pruning. Specific pruning groups will include roses, fruit trees & bushes, ornamental trees & shrubs, climbers. This class will take place outside, so warm clothing and footwear is essential. This course will be run by Alan Pitcher, who has over three decades experience of gardening and teaching.
Propagation for Beginners Saturday 5th March10-3pm.
Fill your garden for less! Learn how to propagate your own plants – you’ll do your own cuttings on the day, as well as sowing seed, all to take home with you. You’ll also learn how to divide perennials and grasses. Thrifty gardening at its best! [read more …] “Upcoming Classes at the Secret Garden”
On the last time i saw Clara it wore a hat of snow
And Finnow bank high in the rushy fields with a loud babble did flow
On towards the great Blackwater on that bleak December day
And the hungry cattle in the farmyard sheds were bellowing for silage or hay
As i boarded the bus for Rosslare in the Square of Millstreet Town
From the gray sky of early evening the rain was drizzling down
I was just one of the many in Duhallow back then not rare
Who took the migrant ferry for Fishguard at the harbor of Rosslare
Unlike the migratory swallow i did not return in Spring
Though often in my [read more …] “Since The Last Time I Saw Clara”
Congratulations to Mairead Wallace-Pigott of Millstreet Veterinary Group who today took over the Presidency of Veterinary Ireland, from outgoing President John O’Rourke.
In the Veterinary Ireland press release she: said that as a profession, vets need to promote prudent use of antibiotics. “To this end, we need to be diligent in prescribing or supplying antibiotics only to our own bona fide clients, where we have full in-depth knowledge of the animals and their environment and an ongoing working relationship with the owners.” Need to Sustain Rural Practice: The incoming President said that as a mixed practitioner, she would like to work towards finding ways to sustain rural practice and the veterinary infrastructure (both human and capital) necessary to serve our communities. “The sustainability of these practices impact not only on the services we can provide for our farmer clients and pet owners in rural areas, but also on the provision of jobs for our new graduates so that we can retain the professions greatest asset, our young well educated vets. These young vets need support, mentoring, a good work /life balance and a realistic salary when starting out. To this end I would like to see co-operation between neighbouring practices and/or amalgamation of practices to provide a better working environment, economies of scale and life balance for all. I have personal experience of being part of a practice amalgamation in 2000 and it was one of the best things we ever did.” “Veterinary Ireland represents vets involved in all aspects and areas of veterinary medicine as well as those involved in the various streams of clinical practice. As President, I would like to see better recognition of the vets’ role in food safety, animal welfare, public health, research, academia and business,” said Ms. Wallace-Pigott. [read more …] “Mairead is the new President of Veterinary Ireland”
Recent Winners of the Animal Health Ireland Milk Quality Awards at The Green Isle Hotel in Dublin yesterday were L-R: Mr. & Mrs Denis O’ Connell, Cullen; Frank Thornton, Drishanebeg, Millstreet; Mark Leader, Kilcorney & Michael Thornton also Drishanebeg, Millstreet.
A number of organisations, including Trocaire have organised a march to mark the beginning of the Climate Change Conference (COP 21) which will begin at the start of December 2015 in Paris. It will be the largest gathering of world leaders for such a gathering. Among the aims of the conference is the agreement on legally binding targets for all countries to adhere to with regards the level of carbon emissions they are responsible for. Marches will be taking place in Dublin, Belfast as well as Cork on Sunday 29th November to show the leaders attending the conference that ordinary people want them to set these targets and to take meaningful steps towards counteracting the causes of global warming, the effects of which have a particularly devastating impact on poor communities in developing countries.
This is a reminder that the People’s Climate March in Cork City will begin at 2pm on Sunday 29th November where the Grand Parade and Oliver Plunkett Street intersect. It’s an event for all ages.
Saturday 17th October in Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co. Cork.
20 pedigree Holstein & Jersey classes
Finals National YMA Showmanship League
Live demo/discussion on Herd Health
Automative bedding trial
120 Trade displays
Great family Day out: Model Farm Displays Bouncy Castle / Face Painting
2015 Judge: Harold Sweetnam, Manitobe, Canada
Night owls and amateur astronomers will be looking to the skies in the middle of tonight to see the moon turn red during the total lunar eclipse. The full “super blood moon” is due to last over an hour for us, and thankfully it looks like we may have clear skies :-).
Partial Eclipse starts at: 2:07am
Full Eclipse starts at: 3:11am
Max Eclipse is at: 3:47am
Full Eclipse ends at: 4:23am
Partial Eclipse ends at: 5:27
The next total lunar eclipse for Ireland will be in 2019, while the next total solar eclipse will be in 2027 🙁
There will be a Bat walk and talk in Millstreet Country Park with guest speaker and bat specialist Conor Kelleher on Thursday the 13th of August at 7.30pm. The talk will be held in the Visitor Centre and walk leaves from visitor centre. This talk is aimed at adults, but children accompanied by adults are welcome.
This promises to be a very interesting evening. Contact Lorna at the Park on 029-70810 for further information. Booking required for this event.